Table 1

Clinical characteristics

Total (%)HSV+ (%)HSV− (%)
HSV+ = specimens in which herpes simplex virus was detected by at least one technique.
HSV− = specimens in which herpes simplex virus was not detected by any technique.
Male104 (100%)42 (40.4%)62 (59.6%)
Female132 (100%)67 (50.8%)65 (49.2%)
Site of lesion :
    Vulva108 (100%)58 (53.7%)50 (46.3%)
    Penis/glans64 (100%)29 (45.3%)35 (54.7%)
    Subpreputial15 (100%)8 (53.3%)7 (46.7%)
    Buttock/thigh/suprapubic11 (100%)4 (36.4%)7 (63.6%)
    Perianal/perineal7 (100%)1 (14.3%)6 (85.7%)
    Unknown31 (100%)9 (29.0%)22 (71.0%)
Past history of culture confirmed HSV14 (100%)8 (57.1%)6 (42.9%)
Antiviral drug therapy before sampling14 (100%)9 (64.3%)5 (35.7%)